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The natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay was the ideal backdrop for Chris Perry and Brian Hackney’s elegant nuptials—which celebrated Southern traditions and Eastern Shore charm. 

The relaxed refinement of flowers by Brian James Davis complemented the glass stemware. 

Wedding planner Trenard Laurentis worked with Eastern Shore Tents and Events to add seaside elegance to the tented reception



A cheeky sendup of the classic “bride side, groom side” sign 

The newlyweds opted for a small chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream frosting on the outside and cappuccino frosting on the inside


The grooms (both avid rowing enthusiasts) held a model ship at bed-and-breakfast Great Oak Manor 

The happy couple strolled the grounds at Maryland’s Great Oak Manor 

Newlyweds Brian Hackney and Chris Perry couldn’t have met in a more quintessentially “DC” way. The pair first became acquainted in 2010 at the Anacostia Community Boathouse—as teammates on the LBGT-centric DC Strokes Rowing Club. By 2013 they were dating, and in 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, the wedding rings the couple ordered arrived. When planning their nuptials, the Washingtonians opted for a warm, familycentric celebration on the Chesapeake Bay—to honor Chris’ Maryland roots and the couple’s joint love of rowing. They chose the Great Oak Manor, an intimate bed-and-breakfast on the shore because “we loved the old architectural details of the house and the beautiful grounds that went all the way to the Chesapeake Bay,” says Chris. “We wanted to combine the natural elements of the surroundings with a laid-back but elegant Southern twist since Brian is from Georgia.” The couple nailed the vibe perfectly with a navy and slate-gray color palette; nautical decor elements; and eats that included Eastern Shore chicken thighs glazed in mustard sauce, Maryland crabcakes, Georgia shrimp-and-grits cakes and a full pie bar. Bright-yellow ranunculuses, teddy-bear sunflowers, billy balls, and baby’s breath comprised the lovely floral arrangements, which were assembled in glass vases lined with river grass. And—as happens at all seriously fun weddings—formality was cast aside in the end, as guests crowded the dance floor swinging glow sticks. For added fun, “we also gave out little white sunglasses,” recalls Brian. “It was so great to see all our friends and family enjoying being together.”

Wedding Planner
Trenard Laurentis, Savvy Orchid
Grooms’ Suits Enzo Custom
Groomsmen’s Suits Suitsupply
Bridesmaids’ Dresses J.Crew
Florals Brian James Davis
Catering Julia Reynolds, Magnolia Caterers & Bread Co.
Invitations Minted
Rentals Eastern Shore Tents and Events
Entertainment Gordon Thorn, Absolute Entertainment